Friday, February 9, 2018

Hypertension and Cholesterol

Hypertension and Cholesterol 

We often hear about hypertension and cholesterol when we are
being diagnosed from our doctors or at a health and wellness fair, but wouldn’t it be nice to know how to prevent it? Establish preventive care maintenance? Knowledge on these topics are important to the community, not just those who have been told they need to improve their numbers. Whether you fall high or low on the spectrum, you should know your numbers. 

What is Hypertension?
To understand hypertension you must first understand what exactly blood pressure is, other than knowing you want your numbers to be close to 120/80 as possible.  

Blood pressure is the measurement of how hard your blood forces against the blood vessel walls. Hypertension or high blood pressure  is when the heart has to work harder than usual to pump blood out.

What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol itself is a type of fatty substance that your body uses to make some hormones produce Vitamin D and build cells. Some cholesterol we make ourselves and some comes from the foods we eat.  Too much cholesterol can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.  What does the excess cholesterol actually do or where does it go? It sticks to the walls of Your arteries, over time this build up will lead to narrow pathways and clots an form, preventing blood flow.

The rush Hypertension and Cholesterol are often intimidating when you are unaware of how it works; however, there is a plus that both Hypertension and high cholesterol are manageable! In addition to there being medication to keep your numbers in control when the are out of control. There are things you can do every day to prevent to help prevent the risks from affecting you.  


  • Stay Active - Strive for 30 minuets of planned activity every day.
  • Have an overall balance of fruits, vegetables,whole grain,lean proteins and healthy fats in your diet regularly.
  • Avoid over consuming foods that are high in cholesterol, sodium and sugar.
  • Do not smoke.

February is Heart Health Month

Although Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, it is one of the most preventable! Spread the word and discuss this information with your loved ones and share this blog to help them become aware.

Be Well! Be Fit! Be Healthy!

Cheryl Harris
CHE Knows
Cheryl Harris Enterprises
Wellness | Fitness | Lifestyle

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